U.S. senators, including one from PA, are trying to help boost local news with help from the federal stimulus

Written by on May 1, 2020

U.S. senators, including one from PA, are trying to help boost local news with help from the federal stimulus

By Ben Stemrich

May 1, 2020

News media organizations across the United States are working around the clock to cover the coronavirus pandemic. And many journalism outlets are scrambling to find new revenue sources to continue reporting during the crisis. WLVR’s Ben Stemrich reports, a group of U.S. senators, including one from Pennsylvania, is trying to help boost local news with help from the federal stimulus.

Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey is among 18 senators calling for money to support local journalism in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The group has written a letter to senate leader Mitch McConnell, asking for smaller media outlets to be included in the next stimulus package. 

Speaking with Lehigh Valley Public Media, Senator Casey says local journalism is more important now, than ever.

“We’re not just saying give local journalism some pot of money to do whatever they want with it. We can be very practical. If the federal government is using advertising we can say, make sure some of that goes to local journalism who have lost so much advertising when businesses and small businesses have closed…” said Senator Casey.

A separate letter asking the federal government to dedicate a portion of its advertising funds to smaller news outlets went out last week.

It was signed by more than 70 U.S. Senators, including Bernie Sanders, Richard Blumenthal, Ted Cruz and Lindsay Graham. Senator Casey signed as well — but Pennsylvania’s other U.S. Senator, Pat Toomey, did not.

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